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  • Digitized Collection (this link takes you to the collection's overview and finding aid, with links out to the digitized content)
    James C. Thomson Personal Papers
    1960-1966

    Papers 1960-1966. Government official, educator. Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State (1961); Special Assistant to the President's Special Representative for Africa, Asia, and Latin America (1961-1963); Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs (1963-1964); member, National Security Council staff (19...

  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    Chester L. Cooper Oral History Interview - JFK #1, 5/6/1966
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection6 May 1966

    Cooper discusses the effects of downsizing the National Security Council, the 1961-1962 Geneva Conference on Laos, and John F. Kennedy’s and Nikita S. Khrushchev’s 1961 Vienna meeting, among other issues.

  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    Chester L. Cooper Oral History Interview - JFK #2, 5/16/1966
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection16 May 1966

    Cooper discusses Britain’s response to the Cuban Missile Crisis, his decision to show the missile photographs to the British press, and the Vietnam War, among other issues.

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Executive privilege: General, 1961
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. National Security Files6 November 1953-30 October 1961

    This folder contains memoranda, press releases, and newspaper clippings concerning the Cold War and E.O. 10501 that requires the National Security Council to conduct a continuing review to ensure that classified defense information remains classified. Also included in this folder is a booklet created by the United States Air Force Psychological Ope...

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Executive privilege: General, 1955-1960
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. National Security Files15 September 1955-12 August 1958

    This folder contains answers to a questionnaire regarding the National Security Council; a press release of a letter from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Senator Lyndon B. Johnson concerning President Eisenhower’s decision not to release reports from the Gaither Report; and memoranda concerning the Cold War.

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Policy planning: General, 1961: January-10 February
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. National Security FilesFebruary 1961: 8-10

    This folder contains a memorandum discussing issues of concentration for the National Security Council and a report titled, “Key National Security Problems,” regarding areas of concern for international relations and national security, including nuclear power, civil defense, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) military strategy, South Vietnam...

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Policy planning: General, 1961: 11 February-31 May
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. National Security Files1961: 17 February-31 May, undated

    This folder contains memoranda concerning policy planning and areas of concern for national security and international relations, including Berlin, arms control, Communist China, South Vietnam, guerilla warfare, and Latin America. Also included in this folder is a memorandum to President John F. Kennedy from Walt W. Rostow, Deputy Special Assistant...

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    National Security Council: Foreign policy: Iran, May 1961
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. National Security FilesMay 1961: 15-18

    This folder contains a report regarding economic, military, and foreign relations issues in Iran, primarily with the Soviet Union, and recommendations for the National Security Council concerning Iran’s issues.

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Policy planning: General, 1961: June-August
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. National Security Files1961: 8 June-14 August, undated

    This folder contains memoranda from Robert W. Komer of the National Security Council concerning lists of planning problems, status updates, and meeting agendas. Also included in this folder are two papers, “Foreign Policy: Toward Clarity in Terms and Method,” and, “Guidelines for U.S. Policy and Operations in the Far East.”

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Executive privilege: General, 1962
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. National Security Files1962: 8 February-23 June

    This folder contains memoranda, correspondence, and a draft of a statement concerning the use of executive privilege, background information regarding the National Security Council, and the confidential nature of National Security Council documents.

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